NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
These 7 days are foundational re: relationship and what God has in store[i]
We are in the Passover season, this is the most important seven days denoting the Life Death and Burial of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This day is Palm Sunday, a week before the resurrection
This message deals with foundational truths of the gospel, covering the death, burial and resurrection
The cross is the foundation
John 3:16 God’s communication, plan and purpose for man
These 7 days are foundational re: relationship and what God has in store for us.
We must get back to the foundational truth of the ‘word of God
God is clear in what he means. Holy Spirit reveals this to us.
Holy men of old wrote as inspired by God. He is the writer of the scriptures.
God spoke, the Holy Spirit moved and men wrote as they were moved. (1Peter 1:21)
We cannot understand His will unless we understand the suffering of the cross.
The great exchange at Calvary
2Cor 5:21 He was made to be sin for us that we might be made righteousness
He was judged as sin for us.
There was no sin or violation in him!
Because of the great mercy of God for us. because of the sin debt He paid for us
God judged sin and Jesus made the payment/the blood payment for our sin!!
He paid the price. H sacrificed bled and died on Calvary for us.
Without blood there is no remission for sin. God by His grace saved us.
Heb 2:14 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Phil 2 let this mind be in you… He is
God the word made flesh
In the beginning He became 100%man, and 100% God when he took on himself flesh
Took on human form for the purpose of death and destroyed the works of the devil
Redeemed man back to the original relationship
He was given a name and given authority because of His death
He came for this purpose .…to destroy the works of the devil and all of his power
He willingly lay down His life and took it up again
What occurred leading up to that great day?
Revelation 1:18 KJV Bible Gateway. I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Matthew 28 all power is given to me Go ye therefore and teach all nations….
Keys of hell and death have been taken there is no ear in death for saints off God We go from life to life.
To be absent from the body is to be present with the lord.
He is the one who lives and is alive forevermore
Ephesians 4:8 He went into the lower parts of the earth, descended and ascended to fulfill all things
When He descended He led captivity captive
He took authority over all in the lower parts of the earth
2 sides of Hades:
Sheol Hades/ the Bussom of Abraham, holding place for souls and spirits of the saints
Place of torment reserved for those who died in their sin
He took the keys to remove the fear of death for us
We have a relationship with God now and the power to deny the Devil power
He publicly made known that there is no name above his name!
Every knee must bow on earth and under the earth
First descended into the lower parts of the earth
3 days and nights at work taking authority over all works of darkness
Blessed us with 5 fold ministry gifts and equipped us to do great works in the kingdom
THESE 7 DAYS
Greater revelation of who Jesus is
Luke 2:15 He trampled over all principalities of darkness
He rose with all power and with the keys of Hell and death
today we recognize PALM SUNDAY, the day Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey
while some shouted, “Hossanah, blessed be he who comes in the name of the Lord!” most did not recognize the time, born again of water and of the spirit
whosoever believes, allow Him to rule in your heart
accept Him as your savior
the time is come that you must receive the Holy Ghost
be endued with power
the kingdom of God is invisible kingdom regardless of age, ethnicity
born into the kingdom by faith
whosoever believes must be born again of water and of the spirit
allow Him to rule in your heart
accept Him as your savior
time now to receive power
be witnesses to me, demonstrate his love in my name ye shall…
no evil thing will overtake you
be witnesses unto me…
all people, nations, tongues.
Bring people out of darkness
You must be born again!
Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey in a powerful parade of glory
In a few days he staggered out, forced out under the sound of loud curses, “give us Barabus” and “crucify Him”
Heathens, mockers, indecent cursing
Find - Jesus is the way – the mockers did not want His way
What will you do with Jesus?
What is the world offering you so that you will betray him?
Can they get you to a place where you will be willing to crucify Him as religion did?
There are multitudes in the valley of decision. We are challenged like never before.
The world is challenging the truth of God’s word. Understanding and willingness to submit to authority of God’s word is challenged
What is the world offering you? Be fully persuaded!
2 Examples of denial (Peter andJudas)
Peter denied Jesus- he made a bold announcement of his faithfulness– “though others may leave you, I will never deny you.”
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Luke 22:31-32).
Peter was sincere and emotional
Convenience or Commitment from your heart I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back
Matthew 26:34 34Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Jesus knew Peter’s heart
Thank God for His mercy
There is a spirit of apostacy to seduce and entice the saints of god
Many are departing from the faith
Seducing spirits and doctrines of devils
Astrology, Hinduism Buddhism…
Value of you as a person
you are special to Jesus but you must be willing to lay down your self image
doctrines of devils are on the increase in this last day!
2) Judas betrayed Him
Mark 15:28 numbered with the transgressors, charged as a common thief, criminal.
God said it, we believe it
Wait on the Lord…see manifestation of the things he has promised
Be not weary
I would have fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
There will be a performance of those things that were promised…
The mockers at the cross taunted Jesus. “come off the cross that we may see and believe”
The ninth hour
My God, my God why has thou forsaken me?
He was sold by Judas for 30 pieces of silver as was Joseph
Believers today have their own agenda – “what are you going to do for me?”
Paul’s unselfish way
I am crucified with Christ, yet not I…
He is the potter his plans are much greater
Jer 29:11 He has thoughts concerning you, plans for a future, a purpose.
God has a plan and reason you were created in the first place.
Be born again to walk in the purpose God created you for!
Sell out! Don’t let the devil draw you away from God’s purpose
Man is attempting to please God by His own efforts
Not a religion, a relationship
Compared to all other religions
Born of the spirit
We have a relationship with the living God.
Titus 3:6 not by works of righteousness, but according to his mercy.
Ephes 2:8 by grace are ye saved and not of works…His workmanship created unto good works…
Find this recorded
7 days leading to the cross
Be born again.
How are you representing him in your words and in your actions?
The love of God shows through His death, burial and resurrection
Be encouraged, share the good word! God Is not angry with you but angry with sin